See the Big Thicket by Canoe or Kayak
The many miles of creeks, bayous, and rivers flowing through Big Thicket National Preserve make it an ideal place to explore by canoe and kayak. Numerous access points provide many different trip options for paddlers of all experience levels. Three official Texas Paddling Trails offer clearly-defined routes to explore and experience the beauty and diversity of the Big Thicket. Paddle on your own or join a free ranger-led paddle trip!
Paddling Safety Tips
Backcountry camping is allowed year-round on sandbars along Village Creek and the Neches River. Canoeists and kayakers planning an overnight trip can get a free camping permit from the visitor center.
Rental options for kayaks and canoes are available through local outfitters as well as these nearby state parks:
Rentals at state parks cannot be transported to other locations. Check with each park to confirm rental availability before your visit.
Last updated: January 6, 2024